Tuesday, 28th June 2011
by Isak Pretorius
On a recent trip to Swakopmund I was lucky to find a Web-footed Gecko on the dunes in the morning mist. They are nocturnal and I knew I didn't have much time before the sun would force the gecko underground, so I had to be quick. I slowly approached the gecko with my macro lens, he licked the moisture off his eyes and then dug his way into the protection of the sand.
Equipment: Canon 1dmk4 and Sigma 150mm macro
Born and raised in South Africa it is a privilege to be so close to many natural wonders. I'm an industrial engineer and have been doing photography for 10 years now as a serious hobby
I have always loved technology and in 2000 I got the chance to take up nature and wildlife photography which combined a few passions in life - nature, technology and art. I enjoy photographing all aspects of nature, from the big to the small, landscapes to macros, but my real passion is for birds, and in particular trying to portray them as art. This led me to study all the principles and philosophies of art, and today I have an obsession for using natural elements in the design of my images. My philosophy in photography is to portray common subjects in a refreshing new and spectacular way. I now spend every opportunity I get at local bird sanctuaries or travelling to exotic destinations trying to capture that perfect photograph.